Anime / Sakura Wars: The Movie

An anime movie set within the Sakura Wars video game series released in Japan on December 22nd, 2001. It is set in between the third and fourth games.

The movie introduces Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love character Ratchet Altair, dispatched to the Imperial Capital Tokyo from New York to work for the Imperial Assault Force's Flower division while division captain Ichirō Ōgami is in Paris, so that she would go on to found The New York Fighting Troupe, which would later be seen in Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love. But darkness comes as the American company, Douglas-Stewart, under the leadership of Brent Furlong, unveils a plan to make the division obsolete by using Japhkiels, which are supposed to be unmanned mechs but are in truth, demons. Soon, the Flower Division and Ratchet are drawn into the heart of Douglas-Stewart's plans.

Like the episodes of the TV series, the film is also a self-contained story in the same continuity (no Alternate Continuity here, thankfully) and leaves no hanging plot threads behind; such as Ratchet being introduced here, and eventually goes on to appear in Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love. The movie does assume you have familiarity with the characters and game timeline (providing no explanation as to why Ohgami isn't even present for almost the entire movie, expect being mentioned about being in Paris, where Sakura Wars 3 takes place). The movie also substantially expands the world of Sakura Wars beyond Japan, exploring in greater depth the dynamics of the prototype team (which consisted of Ratchet, Orihime, and Leni) fielded in wartime Europe. The movie takes place just after the end of the third game (Paris) and before the beginning of the fourth (which ended the "Tokyo arc"). A recent production, it makes extensive use of CGI effects, particularly for the kohbu.

Originally licensed by Geneon, the film is now licensed by FUNimation, and was released on Blu-Ray on October 22nd, 2013.

Provides examples of:

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kaede demonstrates this trope when she takes out a IJA officer at the Imperial Assault Force's Goraigo control room by using a karate chop on his shoulder near his neck after he begins to threaten Kanna with a pistol, ordering her to stand down.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Orihime falls victim to this trope, courtesy of Patrick Hamilton.
  • Christmas in Japan: The film takes place during the holiday season in Japan (Christmas to New Years).
  • Darkest Hour: Occurs twice in the movie:
    • The first is this: Commander Yoneda is missing, Orihime Soletta has been ambushed and brainwashed by Patrick Hamilton, Maria is missing after attempting to investigate Douglas-Stewart, Kaede Fujieda and Wind Division are placed under house arrest at the Great Imperial Theater, and the Imperial Flower Combat division has been placed on indefinite standby and isn't allowed back at the Great Imperial Theater.
      • Lampshaded by Sumire:
    Sumire Kanzaki: What can we do, I ask you? Shoghei-Maru (the airship) has been sealed, Wind Division and the deputy commander [Kaede] are being held at the Imperial Theater. What can we do in such a predicament?
    • The second one comes during the final battle. Brent Furlong's monstrous Japhkiel form overwhelms Flower Division, and Rachet's Eisenklider is incapicated and out of commision, and the Division's spirit power has gone down.
  • Immune to Bullets: Patrick Hamilton, as Maria Tachibana found out the hard way. But he's not immune to bullets with spirit power as he learned the hard way!
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: In the movie, after Maria is missing while investigating Douglas-Stewart, Sakura and whoever's left in the Imperial Flower Division decide "let's go back to the theater, take it back and get back our Kobus and defend Tokyo", even though they were placed on indefinite standby.
    Sakura: Hey, I know why not?
    Everybody Else: Huh?
    Sakura: Do what we can while we can. I don't want to live with regrets in my heart. Come on! Let's do this together.
    Iris: Let's do it!
    Leni: Let's do it!
    Kanna: Let's go for it!
    Korhan: I'm with you!
    Sumire: I suppose that we must.
  • Two-Man Bad Band: